2015-04 Blind Dog Rescue News Letter

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April 2015 Newsletter

Blind Dog Rescue Alliance is a not for profit 501 (c) (3) group of volunteers spread throughout the United States and Canada dedicated to helping blind and visually impaired dogs by: rescuing dogs in shelters, assisting blind dog owners, and educating the public about these wonderful dogs.


Reading your dogs body language
by Andrea Smith, Freelance writer and BDRA volunteer

8 Significant Messages Your Dog is Sending

Is your beloved dog trying to tell you something? The fact is dogs have a language that expresses their emotions and intentions to people in their company. Most of this communication is through body language other than sounds and movements. This is their facial expression and body posture. Once you know the basics of what your canine is saying, you can determine when your pet is scared and anxious or moody and ready to snap at someone. Watching the face and body is the key.



Keeping this in mind; here is a list of 8 significant messages your dog is sending.

Relaxed– The dog is comfortable and satisfied. This dog is carefree and without fear by anything that is happening in this setting.

Alert– Something has peaked the dog’s interest or an unfamiliar object. This points to him being on alert and remaining vigilant to any danger and if he should act

Dominant/Aggressive– Here is a dominant and confident animal. This means he is establishing his dominance and warning that he will strike if provoked.

Fearful/ Aggressive– He is spooked but not willing to relent and will attack if cornered. A dog is doing this gesture when he is facing the person who is troubling him

Stressed and Distressed– The dog is experiencing social or environment anxiety. This is an indication of his general emotions and not towards any particular person.

Fearful and worried– The canine is a bit frightened and willing to submit. This gesture is to appease the person of a higher status the dog consider a threat and wants to avoid confrontation

Extreme Fear-At this point, the animal will demonstrate submission and surrender. He is telling the individual he accepts the position before an intimidating person and begging to prevent conflict

Playfulness– This one is a signal for play time. Also associated with this, there may be enthusiastic barking or playful assaults and retreats. There is an emphasis to keep in mind that any earlier rough behavior was harmless.



Happy Spring!!!


How to train your dog to walk on a leash:

By: Charlie Mozitis
I started in rescue 5 years ago when my wife and I adopted our Daisy, a long haired dachshund who survived living in a puppy mill for 4 1/2 years. We got into rescue to give back and pay forward to everyone who helped get Daisy to us. Because I have about 30 years experience in human healthcare with 20 years working as a paramedic, I like to help those dogs that really need the most help. When we fostered failed with our first Sr Duchess, she taught us the joys of Sr’s and to live each day to its fullest and never let anything stand in your way! I joined the BDRA to help blind dogs. I host a web site dedicated to helping humans help dogs, it’s an informational site to provides tips and tricks on dog care and rescue.
Because all dogs, not just blind dogs can be a challenge to train to walk on a leash we thought it might be a good idea to offer a bit of a primer in taking a walk…instead of being taken for a drag….with your blind dog. One thing we want to remind you is that if your dog is blind,deaf or otherwise challenged it is important to be sure that YOU are as prepared to take him or her out as they are to BE taken out. Progress slowly, start with short walks in areas you know are safe and progress as you grow to trust your dog and they learn to trust you.

It’s important to establish a few new commands to help blind dogs be safe. Some of the new commands are “stop”, this is used to have your dog stop before he bumps into things. You can use whatever word you wish really, but the intention has to be clear to the dog, freeze where you are and do no continue to go forward. This will help keep your dog from hurting itself on common things you will run into on walks outside your own yard, sticks, wires, fences, poles etc…. Another important command to teach is “up”. “UP” is used to tell the dog that there is a step in front of them and that they may need to step up. Another equally import command is “step”, this is used to help the dog know that he is going to need to step down or walk down steps. You can also simply teach up or down for these actions. Another important command is “over here”, this is used to let the dog know where you are and allows them to follow your voice. Another way for them to find you is to place bells on your shoe laces- this gives the dog a constant sound to follow that they are familiar with and can calm them when they are unsure of where you are. All of these commands need to be in place before you ever take your pup out…. imagine tryingto negotiate a whole new world without knowing when there is danger in front of you, or when your about to step off or onto something. You can start to teach these commands inside the house and around your yard, introduce the dogs to a set of stairs in your house or even set up some stairs with stable bricks and wood for the dog to practice on. All dogs like repetition and so it is important to always use the same command and teach the same action with that command. Use your hands to help the dog understand and be patient…these are new and can be frightening…your pup will learn them in time.
Once we have these commands established it is time to, try a test walk. Remember to go slowly,particularly if their blindness is new to you or to your dog. Please remember that your dog picks up on your emotions and can tell if you are stressed, you need to be the pack leader, you need to be calm and assertive, which in turn will give your dog the confidence he or she needs to walk comfortably with you.

To get ready for your walk, put a comfortable harness on your dog and use a short leash. Some dogs like haltis or gentle leaders as well, practice with a few types of collars and styles of harness to see which one makes you and your dog most comfprtable. Start with taking your dog for a short walk inside your house on familiar ground. Please praise your dog often and give him treats. When you are comfortable with the walk in a room, expand the walk to the whole house. Make sure the walk is a positive experience and when you are both feeling comfortable go outside and continue to have a positive experience walking on the leash and praising your dog generously with good treats. Try to choose paths that can become familiar to your dog for the first few weeks, and then you can change up your routes, allow them to become confident before you ask them to continue to challenge themselves.

Soon you will find the both of you will be looking forward to going on walks.

GOOD LUCK! HAVE FUN and always make safety your priority!

While I read many articles on blind dogs to come up with this article,I did not quote any particular one, but here is the list of websites I used. http://www.ehow.com/how_7694837_teach-blind-dog-walk-leash.html

Available Dogs

Check out some of our amazing dogs still looking for forever homes



Shelby is a bright eyed and bushy tailed blind and diabetic senior Border collie girl rescued by Blind Dog Rescue Alliance. Shelby was found as a stray in NC. Shelby’s hobbies include tap dancing on the hardwood floor and digging. Shelby’s beauty secret is sleeping a lot! We have no information on Shelby’s life before BDRA. Our best guess is that Shelby was an outdoor dog with little socialization. It is suspected that Shelby may have also been abused. Shelby is blind but can hear, so she does scare easily. Shelby would do best in a quiet home as an only dog or with older dogs. Shelby does like to go for walks, but sometimes her fear of strange sounds can be overwhelming for her. With Shelby’s medical needs and personality quirks, Shelby will require a local (NJ or PA) and very experienced dog adopter with no children. Please read more about sweet Shelby http://www.blinddogrescue.com/availabledogs/shelby.html



If you are looking for a Siberian Husky who thinks she is a lap dog –
you found your girl. Bella is a huge snuggle bug. She will not only lay
right next to you, but she will lay right on you if there is no room on
the couch. Bella loves going for car rides and walking in the park – she
has become a huge Civil War fan and has taken many walks in the
Gettysburg National Park. Bella actually has some of the best recall of
any husky that I have seen – although she can never be trusted off
leash, she is still a Sibe and will decide to explore on her own (and
boy is she a fast one!). Bella loves to play, especially with BDRA
alumni KoKo – they can run around the yard for hours non-stop, come in
for a drink of water and go right out again to run some more!

Do you have room in your heart for beautiful petite Siberian Husky?
If so fill out your application today! http://blinddogrescue.com/availabledogs/bella.html



And here is Niki one of our other stunning Siberian husky’s! This beautiful Husky girl has been with her foster family since June 2014. She was pulled from a shelter with a bulging eye, having suffered an unknown injury. Her eye was subsequently removed and Niki has adapted well to being sighted in only one eye. She is an active dog who is 3-4 years young and has a lifetime of love to give her forever family.

Niki is described by her foster mom as a goofy, sweet girl who loves to give kisses. She is generally quiet in the home but will sometimes make noise if she believes mom is giving her attention to dogs in another part of the house. Niki is crate trained and likes to spend quiet time in her crate. She sometimes has accidents in the crate, however, if she’s not let out in a timely manner. Niki has a positive response to treats and will do best in a home that is experienced with huskies and can provide structure for her. Niki also has been known to ingest items she finds on the floor. For this reason, she is not recommended for a home with small children who may drop things on the floor.

Niki knows commands and enjoys spending time outdoors. She will make a loving companion to the right human. To apply to adopt Niki through BDRA, please click here… http://blinddogrescue.com/availabledogs/niki.html
Click here to go to our website and see more available dogs

Happy Tails
Recently adopted dogs and updates on some of our alumni
Congratulations to our sweet babies Mike

,Bit O honey,

Bit O Honey



And beautiful Delilah


all who got adopted this month!

Mike actually got adopted the last day of last month so we figured we would continue the celebration for him a little longer!!!
And a few happy tails for some alumni who are happily living in their new homes!
Blizzard is doing great. He is an awesome dog and has filled out nicely. He has a blast with his golden brother Yogi and even foster Sammie joins in the play. Blizzard is happy and healthy and I think his vision must be a little better because he has seen the deer in our yard a few times.


Loki is adored by his new parents who cant imagine their home without him!



Tips and Tricks For living with your amazing dog!!!
By: Tamara Miller
Tamara has been involved in rescue for over 15 years and has a special focus on Weimaraner rescue (with tw oof her own rescued weims) and dogs with special needs. She is a foster parent for BDRA.
Spring is in the air, and with that comes the allergies, the bee stings, the constant rolling in, well, who knows what….and so we thought a quick peek at some common household human meds you can use in a pinch if you cant get to a vet right away and you have a dog like mine!!!!!


Grain Free Bad Breath Busting Biscuits for your Dog
Makes about 1 dozen biscuits for large dogs or 2-3 dozen for small dogs.
Preheat the oven to 350 F

2 cups Coconut Flour (or gluten free mix flour works too)
1/2 cup Oats (gluten free)
1/4 tsp Salt (option– will help to preserve the biscuits)
1/4 tsp Cinnamon (do not use pumpkin pie spice because dogs do not tolerate nutmeg)
Substitution: 1 drop cinnamon essential oil
2 Bananas
2 TBSP Peanut/Almond/Sunflower Seed butter
2 TBSP Coconut Oil
3 Eggs
Peppermint Essential Oil
Toy breeds: 3 drops
Small dogs: 4 drops
Medium dogs: 5 drops
Large dogs: 6 drops
X-large dogs: 7 drops
Mix the dry ingredients (flour, oats and cinnamon spice) in a mixing bowl. Set aside. In another bowl mix the bananas, nut butter, coconut oil and eggs until throughly incorporated. Add the essential oil and stir to combine.

Mix the dry ingredients slowly into the wet ingredients until combined. The dough is a bit crumbly– this is fine and to be expected. You can add a bit more banana if you need to get it to hold together better.

Place the dough over floured wax paper and roll out until you get the height you want your dog biscuits to be– roughly 1/4 inch. Use a knife or a cookie cutter to cut the shapes you would like and place them on a cookie sheet.

Put the dog biscuits into the oven for 20-30 minutes (depending on the size of the cutouts). Place them on a cookie rack to cool and they will become even crispier.

These are GREAT! They smell like oatmeal cookies with a twist.

REMEMBER: When ingesting essential oils, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you use high quality brands which are made for ingestion. Essential oil brands meant for aromatherapy or topical use only can damage the health of your dog when ingested. Always read your labels!

These biscuits are perishable so they last about 1 week at room temperature and 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator. If you want to change this a little for fall– you can substitute the 2 bananas for 2/3 cup of pumpkin puree. Yum!!


Taken from www.overthrownmartha.com

Tips and Tricks for Dog Owners
By Heather Maher-Heather currently has two rescue cats.

Many BDRA members are parents to multiple dogs so any tip or trick that makes exercising, feeding, medicating, grooming or training a little easier helps. We gathered some of the best advice from around the Internet geared toward owners of multiple dogs or dogs who might be a little more high maintenance for health reasons or previous (stressful) life experiences.

  1. Lavender Bandana
    If you have a dog with anxiety or high stress, try putting a few drops of calming lavender oil on a bandana and tie it around your dog’s neck.

  2. Tooth Brushing
    Spread doggie toothpaste on a chew toy or nylon rope so he self-brushes.

  3. Fleas
    Make your own flea shampoo with 1 cup Dawn detergent, 1 cup white vinegar and a quart of warm water. Massage into fur and let sit for 5 minutes, rinse.

  4. Hair Removal
    To clean dog hair off carpets or furniture, drag a shower/windshield squeegee across – Ikea sells them for $2.

  5. Lap Time
    Many dogs but only one lap? Fill an old pair of jeans with stuffing and arrange on a chair/couch with “legs” crossed to simulate a human lap that smells like you.

  6. Homemade Pill Pockets
    Mix 1 T peanut butter, 1 T milk 2 T flour. Form into little pockets and store in freezer or fridge

  7. Easier Medicating
    Put a small amount of peanut butter in each section of an ice cube tray. Put the pill(s) into the peanut butter, then put more PB on top. Freeze and pop one out at pill time. Can also be done with no sugar added applesauce.

  8. Upset Stomach Cure
    Add low-sodium chicken broth to your dog’s drinking water, or make a mash of tender cooked chicken and plain rice.

  9. Constipation Cure
    Mix some pumpkin puree into their food.

  10. Ear Care
    Put a few drops of warm olive oil on a cotton ball and use it to gently massage the inside of your dog’s ears. Never use a Q-tip.


How you can help support Blind Dog Rescue Alliance
APRIL 1- 30th
Ready to do some guilt-free shopping for a great cause? Support blind dog rescue and help us reach our fundraising goals this year. To support us, click here to shop Mixed Bag Designs online and we get 40% of the purchase!

Mixed Bag Designs has tons of colorful and fun products including totes, kitchenware, travel bags, accessories and more. Forward this email on to your friends and family to spread the word about our fundraiser!

How To Order
Shop the Mixed Bag Designs Website
Pay for your order online with a credit card – your order is shipped directly to you!
At checkout on the Review/Submit Order Page double check that 244006 is in the “School/Fundraiser ID#” field. You can also enter the name of the participant that referred you in the “Referred By” field for them to receive credit.
Happy Shopping,
Blind Dog Rescue

BISSELL’s Partners for Pets (ongoing Partner)
Blind Dog Rescue Alliance is proud to be a Partner for Pets! BISSELL and LostPetUSA.net have teamed up to help organizations like ours raise money, and now you can help too! When you purchase pet products on bissell.com and enter the code ADOPT at checkout, a portion of your purchase will be donated to our organization!
It’s simple.
· Shop pet products on www.bissell.com
· Enter the code ADOPT at checkout
· Then select our organization!
Learn more at www.bissell.com/partnersforpets.

April 28th one day event Three scoops of vanilla.
Beautiful handmade Jewelry, apparel,custom bracelets and original art work.
BDRA will receive 20%

We have another great opportunity to help BDRA get some extra $$
Its HSN 1,000 dollar a day charity give away! Click the link below and put in the info and we have a chance to win!!!

All nominations are due no later than April 7, 2015.
This is the information you will need to fill in about BDRA.

Please tell us a little bit about your favorite charity/organization:
Yes for 501(c)3 Charity.

Name of Charity The Blind Dog Rescue Alliance
Contact Person Tara Shepherd
Charity Web address blinddogrescue.org
Charity phone number 203-246-8576
Physical Address 11 Bungay Terr
Seymour,CT 06483


You can create a custom blend of tea or choose from one of their signature blends! So many delicious options.

The Blind Dog Rescue Alliance is running an on-line FUNDRAISING PROGRAM from March 30th- April 10th What does that mean? This Awesome organization will be getting 25% of all product sales when the code word BDRA is entered in the “Coupon Code” during check out. This will ALSO get you a reduced shipping fee *** If paying via PAYPAL – see the “Details” section for detailed instructions. If ordered below- your canister/packet will come with a BDRA customized label!!! Three sizes to choose from. Don’t stop there- that was 25% of ALL products purchased on this site…so start here and explore Design a Tea for more great holiday gifts!!! 🙂

Thank you to everyone for supporting this fundraiser and raising $$$ for BDRA!!!! 🙂

Click on the link below and start shopping.

Yankee Candles
Blind Dog Rescue Alliance is selling Yankee Candles!!! For each order, BDRA gets 40%!!! Time to think SPRING and SUMMER smells like fruits and flowers, ice cream and walks along the beach!!! You can start your shopping and help blind dogs today!!!
Just go to http://www.yankeecandlefundraising.comand use group number 990053323 in order for BDRA to get credit.

CONGRATULATIONS and many thanks to everyone who participated in our T-shirt photo and calendar contest last month!
Here are the results!

First place goes to: Diello with 1115 votes! Congratulations!

The month pages go to the following dogs in order:

Hero 1113
Gizmo 606
Lincoln & emmett 460
Kimi 290
Hugo 214
China Cat Sunflower 205
Cash 195
Newton 190
Lipton 100
Galileo Schreiber 97
Jasmine 91
Hope 78


Volunteer Spotlight
by Dena Desantis
Dena has owned several dogs throughout her life, including dogs who lost their vision to old age
Meet our special volunteers
With two teenage sons, a husband, a full time job and a gaggle of assorted pets, one would think Linda Sobieski has nary a moment to spare. However, this amazing woman is one of the Illinois/Indiana regional coordinators for IMPS, the Internet Miniature Pinscher Service, and is also the fundraising coordinator for BDRA. Linda takes great pride in being a member of the BDRA family. She recollects finding BDRA in 2010 through a volunteer of IMPS who needed assistance with a home check for a blind dog in her area. Officially joining BDRA as a volunteer in 2011, she was approached to spearhead fundraising efforts for BDRA in 2012. While Linda can’t recall how many fundraisers she has run on behalf of BDRA, she points out that since January 1, BDRA has earned over $1,000 through the efforts of the fundraising team and BDRA supporters!

Daily e-mails, tweets, and Facebook postings help to get the word out about BDRA’s fundraising initiatives while the team investigates new, unique, and innovative ideas to bring in monies to provide the care our dogs desperately need. Linda takes great pride in her involvement with BDRA expressing, “I love this rescue and promote it all over the place.” She does such a great job that her niece was moved to adopt Twizzler from our organization.

Caring for others comes naturally to Linda, a home health and occupational therapist. While her flexible schedule allows her to be at home for her kids and attend their school functions, she also volunteers at a local school one day a week in addition to doing home visits, making follow up phone calls to adoptive families for IMPS, Linda has also been involved with processing volunteer applications and organizing fundraising efforts for BDRA. As a foster mom, Linda takes great pride in spoiling her littlest foster, Ellie, who is just 5 weeks old. Having been weaned from her mother too early, this happy pup lets Linda pick her up and will eat from Linda’s hands. The mother, who was rescued from a puppy mill, also captured Linda’s heart after she was kept from her puppies and fractured her leg trying to get to them. Her own little boy, Gilbert, is losing his eyesight. Linda compensates for this by adapting their living environment including keeping bells by the door and clapping for him to locate her. She caters to him by blending his food with water since he will no longer drink water on his own since losing his sight.

Aside from her involvement with animal rescue, Linda is a ardent supporter of our troops and the Wounded Warrior Foundation, sending care packages to deployed soldiers, crocheting scarves for veterans, and corresponding with soldiers actively on assignment. Her current brood includes three of her own dogs, 4 fosters for IMPS, aquatic turtles, fresh and salt water fish, a gecko, tree frogs, and koi. At one time, her home was the residence of 17 dogs, mostly fosters waiting for their forever home. While Linda credits her ability to juggle the demands on her time to a supportive family, she has a ‘can-do’ attitude that is infectious and inspiring!

Linda looks forward to upcoming opportunities to raise money to ensure that our special dogs can continue to get the care that they need. Current fundraisers include Flower Power and Amazon Smile, where shoppers can donate .5% of their purchase to BDRA at no additional cost to them. She looks forward to hosting a much requested coffee fundraiser as well as Home Shopping Network’s HSN Cares Giveaway where BDRA can win $1,000 to support our mission. Be on the look out for these and other great opportunities to support BDRA!

If you know a BDRA volunteer you’d like to be spotlighted in next month’s newsletter, please contact the newsletter team!
N E W Y O R K E V E N T S!!
EVENT: Syracuse Crunch Pucks for Paws Hockey Game (Syracuse Crunch vs. Rochester Americans)
PLACE: War Memorial at OnCenter, Syracuse, NY
DATE/TIME: Saturday, March 28th, 7:00 pm to ?
SET UP: 6:00 pm
DOGS: None

EVENT: Curtis Lumber’s Pet-a-Palooza
PLACE: Curtis Lumber, Hamilton, NY
DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 20, 10:00 – 3:00
SET UP: 9:00 am
DOGS: Watson most likely
REGISTRATION: registration sent

PA and NJ events!!!!!

EVENT: York Pet & Reptile Expo
PLACE: York Expo Center
334 Carlisle Ave
York, PA 17404
TIME: 9am – 5p

EVENT: Bark For Life
PLACE: Pottstown Memorial Park
King & Manatawny Streets
Pottstown, PA
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
SET UP: 7:00/7:30 a.m.
CONTACT INFO: Katie Schultz, katieschultz91@gmail.com
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys & Ron, Clara-Jean & John
EVENT: Pet Supply Plus
PLACE: Pet Supply Plus
700 Nutt Road
Phoenixville, PA
TIME: 10am – 2p
CONTACT INFO: Chris or Paul
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys, Kristen

EVENT: Wet Nose Spring Pet Fair
PLACE: Warminster Community Park
300 Veterans Circle
Warminster, PA 18974
TIME: 10am – 4pm
SET UP: 8am
CONTACT INFO: Stephen Leslie, steveleslie25@aol.com
VOLUNTEERS: Gladys & Ron , Rose
Maryland Events

Saturday April 25
4th Annual Pugs for Pinky Event (rain or shine)
Harford Equestrian Center, 608 N Tollgate Rd, Bel Air, MD 21014
Checking on times. This is the first time doing this event.
Sunday April 26
Baltimore March for the Animals
Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
10-2 (I will be there at 0730 to set up)

The Rainbow Bridge

Honoring those who wait for us

Gizmo passed over the bridge 3-20-2015. Gizmo was a senior who came to us after his owner passed away, He wormed his way so tightly into his foster mommies heart she was in the process of adopting him. Gizmo will be missed by everybody!81185497-bc2e-4ecb-801d-ef5143b10fb3

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How To Care For A Blind Dog

Welcome to Daisy’s Rescue. We are all about helping humans and rescue groups learn useful tricks and tips on how to take care of and rescue dogs. Please feel free to leave comments and questions you may have for us. We are here for you.

Today’s session is about :

How to Care for a Blind Dog
By Debbie Marks, Blind Dog Rescue Alliance


Debbie’s blind Bichon, Frosty

At some point, a dog owner may hear the scary words from their vet that their dog is going blind. That’s what happened to me… and I had no idea what to do. Several years ago, I adopted a senior Bichon named Frosty. About a year after his adoption, our vet noticed that Frosty’s eye pressures were somewhat high, and we saw an ophthalmologist. Frosty was diagnosed with glaucoma. We were able to control his pressures with drops several times a day for quite a while. But the time came when the pressure in one eye was no longer controllable, and Frosty was in continual pain. His eye was removed. A year later, his other eye had to be removed. Frosty was now completely blind.

Frosty began bumping into things in the home he’d been in for years. I didn’t know how to help him. An online search led me to a blind dog owner support group on Yahoo, and they, in turn, led me to the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance (BDRA). BDRA helped me to learn that blind dogs can, and do, have wonderful, active, exciting, and joyful lives, just like sighted dogs. I learned that being blind did not define Frosty, that he was still the same loving little boy he always was. I decided to volunteer. Maybe I could help someone else.

Tuffy, Debbie’s blind Pomeranian foster

After I joined, I decided I very much wanted to foster a blind dog, and so I went through BDRA’s foster process. I had my personal and vet references checked, and a home visit was completed. I was nervous about getting my first foster dog, but quickly volunteered to foster Tuffy, a completely blind Pomeranian with unregulated diabetes. How would I deal with a blind dog who’s never been here before? How would I “show” Tuffy the house?

While blind dogs adapt very well to almost any home situation, there are some things you can do to make your home safe and comfortable for them. Check your home before bringing in a blind dog, or if your own dog has gone blind. You’ll need to gate the stairs, pool, and any other areas where your dog can fall and injure himself, and you’ll want to pad sharp corners or other obstacles, such as with pipe insulation. When introducing a blind dog into your home, as you would with any dog, be careful with your introductions because a blind dog cannot read another dog’s signals. I introduce a new foster dog to my current dogs through the chain link fence of my back yard.

Shelby, blind Border Collie available for adoption

I learned not to pick Tuffy up and put him down somewhere else, but to guide him to show him what I wanted him to know, such as where the water was or how to get outside. Otherwise, he had no idea how he arrived there. I learned to keep a new dog’s harness and leash on until he learns the lay of the land and I learn his behavior as well. And I started talking to my dogs – a lot – so they always had a sense of where I was. I also learned that as much as I didn’t like to see a dog bump, bumping is a normal part of a blind dog’s learning, or mapping, his surroundings.

Surprisingly, I also learned that I can move the furniture, although I do keep their water in the same place. There will be some bumping as the dog maps the new layout, but he should be fine within a day or two. And please remember to protect him from sharp corners and other areas where he may get injured!

Some people use different textured mats to designate different areas, or safe areas, that the dogs can feel with their feet. For example, I use the rubber outside welcome mats to designate the “safe” path from the back door of the house to the ramp and then to the lawn. Others prefer to use scent.


If you have other dogs, you may want to put jingly tags on them so the blind dog knows where they are and is not startled. I also learned to use vocabulary – in addition to the usual SIT and COME commands, etc., I also teach UP, DOWN (for steps up and down, curbs, etc.), and STOP (as an emergency word – a dog needs to stop right away). Some people also teach RIGHT and LEFT and SLOW/EASY, so that the dog knows to go slowly and carefully as something is in his way. Whatever is most comfortable for you will work!

Blind dogs should not be left outside unsupervised, and recently, the BDRA board of directors has voted to prohibit the use of electronic/invisible fences. And even though you might feel badly, a blind dog also needs discipline just like any other dog! But most of all, I learned that a blind dog is a dog first, regardless of his blindness.

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Reprinted with permission from the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance.
Debbie Marks is the Secretary of the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance, a group of volunteers spread throughout the United States and Canada dedicated to helping blind and visually impaired dogs by: rescuing dogs in shelters, assisting blind dog owners, and educating the public about blind dogs. For more information, to donate to the 501(c)(3) organization or to see blind or visually impaired dogs available for adoption, please visit their website at BlindDogRescue.org

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LolPop the Dog.

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Today’s session is about Lolpop The Dog.
We have Henretta Ross talking about how she saved Lolpop.
I was born in 2005, the young pup of a terrier and possibly a border collie. Not long after my birth, I was taken from my mother, brothers and sisters and sent off to live with a human.

Pamela, my human couldn’t use her legs so she used one of those things humans sit on in their homes, those comfy things that us dogs like to sit on too but hers had wheels attached to it so it moved and helped her get about. She had another thing with wheels and when she pressed a button it made her whiz fast. It would take her to places a little farther away.

She lived in a small flat and the walls were filled with dozens of shiny pictures that she liked to stroke. Huge shiny pictures of just one human, a tall human with thick black hair that stuck up at the front of his head. There was one picture that was different though, it had different humans on it and she told me I had been named after them. She had called me Lola.

I moved into her flat where I lived with her, her two birds and a solitary cat (I hate cats). Initially I was excited, having a new home and many new sights, sounds and most importantly sniffs to become accustomed to. My human, everyone called her Pamela was happy, enjoying getting to know me and discovering what it was like to have a puppy.

It didn’t last. I was an energetic and inquisitive puppy. I wanted to play constantly and explore everything around me. I wanted lots of cuddles and long interesting walks. Pamela would become tired of playing with me quite quickly due to her health and would get frustrated with all my exploring especially if I went too far and ruined things by chewing them incessantly. The walks were too much for someone whose legs didn’t work properly and trying to train me to not pee or poop in the house proved very difficult. She became more and more cross as I left delightful surprises for her around the house.

Eventually, the playing and exploring stopped as I became scared of upsetting Pamela. I didn’t want her to get cross with me. The walks stopped too and I was only occasionally allowed out into the small yard which was bare of toys or anything that interested me, there wasn’t even any grass. The rest of the time I was shut in a room – that room where humans make their food – with the door closed tight. I would get anxious and scratch violently at the door but Pamela wouldn’t let me out.

One day, Pamela got up as usual, put me in the kitchen after I had had a pee outside and then left the flat by herself, carrying a small thing on her shoulder filled with stuff. Female humans seem to like these things. I didn’t know where she was going but I assumed that she would be back soon. The day wore on and it got dark, but there was no sign of her. I started to feel scared. I had pooped and pee’d quite a lot so the flat was smelly and I knew she would be cross. I had no food and my water was getting low.

Each day merged into the next as I lay around wondering where Pamela was. I had never been on my own for this long. I pulled things open in the food room, hoping to find something to eat but there was nothing. I tried to work out how I could get a drink but the thing where my water came from was too high up for me to reach. So I just lay about restlessly, listening for the door or any other sounds, listening to the cat meow (I hate cats) feeling frightened and lonely.

After what seemed like years but was actually two weeks,. I heard a nose at he front door one afternoon. I barked as loud as I could hoping it was Pamela or maybe someone else. Suddenly, the kitchen door opened and a male and female human stood looking at me silently. The human female looked and smelt like Pamela, so maybe they were related. I ran at them cautiously, jumping up and down, hoping they would cuddle me, feed me, give a drink, take me with them but they ignored me. All I could do was follow them around pathetically and watch as they picked things up and searched through things whilst continuously speaking to each other.

The female disappeared out of the room after a while so I lay down on the carpet watching the male human searching for things and listening to the female human who had gone out of the front door and was standing outside. I didn’t know what she was doing out there. Suddenly, I heard another voice. A new voice. It was female and this human was softly spoken and quiet. I liked the sound of her voice. I wanted to run down the hall to investigate but I held back as I had never been out of the front door and I was dubious of the humans I had met so far.

I head footsteps coming towards me, the new human was nervous; I could smell her fear as her footsteps got closer. Then she was in front of me. The human who smelt liked Pamela went over to her male human whilst the new female human stood in front of me. I ran at her, even though I knew she was scared. I could sense that behind the fear, this human was different. She stroked me gently on the top of my head as I jumped up and down her legs barking loudly and then excitedly ran round and round her legs. Her mouth bent into that u-shape that humans do when they’re happy and she made funny noises and talked to me. Then she whispered something and left abruptly. I was unbelievably sad. I lay back down on the floor feeling forlorn, wondering where she had gone, hoping she was going to come back.

It felt like hours but just when I thought she would never return she came back. She spoke to the other humans and they walked into the kitchen where they put my bowls and food and biscuits into a thing that made a crinkling noise and then placed that thing you humans use to keep me close to you when you take me for a walk on top. Next, the nice female human walked over to me and bent down to give me kiss and a cuddle. ‘Come on then’ she said. I didn’t understand what she meant but she kept patting her leg and looking at me, calling me softly, so I followed her. We left Pamela’s flat together and then went out and around a corner. There were a long line of those things that humans climb up and down one at a time, but we dogs bound up quite quickly. I ran up them and waited at the top. Then more walking until a new door was opened and I ran though into a flat I had never been into before.

Although, I was distressed, hungry, thirsty, confused, I began to realize that I had new home over the next couple of days. I had my very own bed which I had never had before and lovely soft, warm blankets. I was fed twice a day and had a huge bowl of cold water to drink from. I even went for quite a few walks which were so much fun and I had toys which I could play and even my female human played with me.

If my female human who’s name is Henrietta hadn’t saved me in 2007, I would have ended up in a dog’s home or on the street. Pamela had been unwell and she had gone to see a human doctor the day she left but had become more ill and died. The two humans who came to the flat two weeks later were Pamela’s relatives but they didn’t want a dog of their own and were not interested in what happened to me. After I left, they were supposed to call someone to take away the cat (I hate cats) but they didn’t and the cat was left in the flat by itself for another two weeks until the RSPCA intervened.

I don’t know why some humans don’t care and it makes me sad. Thankfully my humans (I have a lovely male human too now) do love and care about me and I am looked after much better. Pamela thought having a puppy would make her less lonely but the reality of having me was different to her fantasies and she couldn’t cope. It’s not her fault, it just shows that if people really want a dog, they need to know what to expect and not be naïve about the amount of time and care that we will need.

Henrietta changed my name to lolpop not long after she had me as she didn’t think Lola suited me. She did tell me about the song Lola. I have heard another song a few times since then and it’s got a word in it that I like a lot. To me it means lots of cuddles and kisses, lovely food and biscuits, cold drinks, long walks, sniffs and endless playtimes with my humans. I have a lot of it in my life now and I hope other woofs do too! It goes like this.

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need.

John Lennon.
Copyright © Henrietta M Ross, my big female human keeping me and my work safe.

Lolpop’s Bio:

Woof There! My name is Lolpop. Although I do go by other names such as Dog Face, Little Wolf and even Trouble. I was born nine years ago so my humans say although no one is quite sure who to, the only thing we know for sure is I’m part terrier. I’m dark brown, with white paws and chest and a black stripe down my back.  My ears look like Batfink’s wings and I have a long black tail with a white tip which helps my humans to see me in the dark. I also like to wag it. I’m incredibly fit and healthy for my age with no health problems and apparently I have marvellous teeth. ☺

Website and Social Media.

Website www.lolpopthedog.com

Twitter @lolpopthedog #lptdog

FB Page http://tinyurl.com/prrajp5

Thank you Henrietta and Lolpop, that is a great story.
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Happy New Year! 2014

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Merry Christmas and we here at Daisy’s Rescue hope you have the greatest Holiday yet and a most fantastic and Happy New Year! While you are enjoying your family (especially the fur kids), making Merry with food and drink, please stop for a brief second and think of all the dogs in puppy mills, and shelters, the dogs abandoned on the streets and the dogs in homes less fortunate than yours, please whisper a little prayer for them.

This year our Christmas wish was granted and Ernie found his forever home, just in time to celebrate Christmas! He has an awesome new brother whom loves to be chased, which is awesome, because Ernie loves to chase! He gets plenty of bonding one on one time with his new Dad (they go out on 2 miles walks twice a day, and Ernie loves to walk! We could not have found a more perfect family for Ernie! He so deserves this. Thank you! Luis, Natacha and Hershel! You are truly the best possible family for Ernie!

Ernie Xmas 2014

Our Gang is getting back to our normal routine now that Ernie is in his perfect home. Tucker loves helping Mommy take pictures and even loves to pose himself!

Tucker Xmas 2014

Our newest member Pops, relaxing in front of the fire! He enjoys the warmth on cold winter days.

Pops enjoying the fire 2014

Our entire Pack to include our Duchess (since passed), last Christmas, before Pops found us.

Xmas 2013

We Wish You A Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year! Maggie Mayhem, Daisy, Tucker, Duchess and Pops (not pictured)!


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Bartley’s For Dogs, Not Your Average Pet Supply Store

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Today’s session is about Bartley’s For Dogs, not your average pet supply store!

This is Jason from Bartley’s For Dogs online store, telling the story  of how Bartley’s got started.

Four years ago, I adopted Bartley, a Dachshund Jack Russell Terrier puppy, from a rescue group in Oklahoma. Without exaggeration, I can say that Bartley changed my life, and opened my eyes to the wonderful life of having a dog. From living in New York City to moving out to San Francisco, I cannot imagine these past four years without him by my side.


But all of this almost didn’t happen. Bartley was part of a litter of puppies that were left, along with their mother, at a high-kill shelter. The overcrowded municipal shelter didn’t have the time, space, manpower or money to care for these pups, and it was only a matter of time before they would end up on the euthanasia list. However, thanks to a local rescue group, the dogs were saved and all found loving homes.

Sadly, as many of us know, so many other dogs don’t get rescued and their stories don’t have a happy ending. An estimated 3-4 million dogs are killed in shelters every year. Think about that, 3-4 million dogs. Every year. And these are dogs of every age, breed and ability level.

It’s because of the tireless work of rescue groups that many others, including Bartley, are saved. Most rescue groups are run by volunteers with small budgets and high expenses. In the fight to save every dog, these groups need help. And that is how the idea for Bartley’s was born.

Bartley’s is an online shop that sells high quality dog toys, treats and accessories. We also sell gifts for humans who love their dogs, like magnets, notebooks and tote bags. We feature respected name brands like Zuke’s, West Paw and Kong with an emphasis on goods made in the U.S.A. Our prices are always competitive to other dog shops.

But the best part about Bartley’s? Bartley’s partners with rescue groups across the country to help sponsor dogs in need. Proceeds from every single purchase go directly towards helping a specific dog and rescue group. When you purchase a product, you receive a unique code that allows you to see pictures and stories of the dog you helped save online. By purchasing a toy or treat for your dog (or even a gift for yourself!), you are helping save another dog’s life. It’s that easy.

Without a doubt, our favorite part of starting Bartley’s has been hearing the “happy ending” stories of dogs we’ve helped. And it’s all because of our amazing customers we’ve been able to partner with rescue groups to sponsor these dogs and give them a new beginning.

Past sponsorships include the cute Yorkie in Florida who was abandoned by her family and found with mange, a respiratory infection, and malnutrition. The rescue group took her in and helped get her healthy and up for adoption. There was also the faithful Lab mix in Georgia who was found with no food and limited water sitting beside his owner, who had passed away three weeks prior. The rescue group there taught him how to play again, and helped him gain weight and undergo modified fast kill heartworm treatment. Another example is the Collie mix in Virginia who came to the rescue group as a scared and abandoned puppy. She’s since been adopted and is taking strides to become a more brave and friendly dog.

We love hearing about these success stories and we love helping the rescue groups do the tough job of providing this care. Little by little, dog by dog, together we can make a difference and work to ensure every dog gets their happy ending.

Thank you Jason  for a great article. Thank you for helping dogs and making dog rescue personal! Please visit Bartley’s at their web site and like their Facebook page www.facebook.com/bartleysfordogs . If you want to contact Bartley’s here is their email: info@bartleysfordogs.com

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Muffin’s Halo Update

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Today’s session is about Muffin’s Halo.

Muffin’s Halo
Makes “Top 10 Pet Inventions” on Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet Show.
Device that is helping blind dogs globally lead a bump-free life.


Tuesday, October 7th 2014 — Daily Planet – Discovery Channel’s long-running primetime science magazine show aired its segment “Top 10 Pet Inventions” and ranked Muffin’s Halo for Blind Dog in 7th position!

Co-hosts Dan Riskin and Ziya Tong reported about this blind dog product that is navigating multitudes of furry impaired ones across the globe, “Genuinely for a good cause.  Blind pups need not worry about what may be in their paths as Muffin’s Halo will protect them.  A special harness with light wire tubing and cushioning makes sure any blow is soft.”

Muffin’s Halo for Blind Dogs ® is a 3 piece must-have device that helps blind dogs of any size transition to become familiar with existing or new surroundings quickly. It starts as a harness that is wrapped snuggly around a dog’s neck and torso, which makes them feel cuddled and less anxious. The halo which is attached to the wing is fastened to the neck of the harness (light weight and comfortable). The halo acts as a buffer to safeguard a blind dog’s head, nose, face and shoulders from bumping into hard surfaces. When the halo confronts an obstruction, it sends a signal to the dog and they automatically go in a different direction. They catch on very fast and it is truly amazing to watch their confidence level rise as they feel free to explore again bump-free. Muffin’s Halo does not hinder a dog’s normal daily activity (they can eat, drink, sleep and play with it on) and it gives them their confidence back!

Muffin’s Halo comes in different styles and colors to bring forth awareness for blind dogs.  The Angel Wings signifies “protection and guidance”.  The Quarterback style symbolizes “star of the team who has his blind-side covered” and the Butterfly Wings means freedom to “fly” again.

Canine blindness can be caused by several factors such as: cataracts, glaucoma, SARDS, corneal problems, cancer, trauma, retinal diseases, diabetes and/or genetics.

Los Angeles resident, Silvie Bordeaux invented  Muffin’s Halo out of the love and devotion for Muffin Bordeaux, her 14 year old toy poodle who lost his sight several years ago due to cataracts.  Muffin began bumping into walls, fell down the stairs and became depressed and immobile, as he attempted to transition. Silvie was heartbroken and determined to find a solution for her beloved blind dog.  After doing some extensive research, she realized there was a great need for products to aid blind dogs, so she created this device for him and is dedicated to helping blind/visually impaired dogs and their caring owners.  Today, this critically acclaimed blind dog product that holds two patents offering blind dogs head protection, is global and has been featured all over the news and the recipient of many awards.  It is highly recommended by Animal Ophthalmologists and veterinarians worldwide.

Here is video link to the Muffin’s Halo story:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njNCKXyojUY

For more information, please visit www.muffinshalo.com.  To contact Inventor/Founder Silvie Bordeaux, please email Muffinshalo@aol.com or call 818.943.9673.
Silvie Bordeaux is also founder of non-profit organization, “Second Chances For Blind Dogs” whose mission is to provide blind dogs in shelters/rescues with a Muffin’s Halo to help them navigate into forever homes and to educate the public on how to care for blind dogs. www.secondchancesforblinddogs.org

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Making Your Garden Pet Safe

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Today’s session is from Chamile, who loves her garden and her dog, but sometimes they don’t love each other. She writes when she is not busy with work and home chores.
How to make your garden dog friendly

Taking a dog as a companion in your home is a great decision. This type of pets are extremely loving, easily trained and will make a great addition to your family, especially if you have kids. Choosing your new friend is easy but with that also comes the responsibility of preparing your home for the incoming. The house must be secured and the necessary improvements for the dog must be in place. The outdoor environment also must receive your attention because the dogs likes to have as much space as possible and a thing like a garden, for example, would turn out to be its favourite playground.

If until now you’ve worked on your garden in a certain pattern, after you bring your buddy home everything will change. Introducing a few improvements here and there in this area will make you feel more comfortable and calm that your dog is all right out there and they won’t take up much of your time.


Secure the fencing
The fence is the first and most important thing you should provide for your garden. The heigh of the fence should be suitable for the kind of dog you are getting. For instance, a breed like husky requires a stronger and higher fence because with the time this type of dogs get pretty large and could jump over almost anything. You can also put some fencing around the areas which look dangerous for your pet or which you’ve recently worked on. Later you can arrange rocks as a border and a warning for your dog not to go there.

The plants shouldn’t be hazardous
Dogs are known for their love of chewing plants, that is something that you won’t be able to change no matter how hard you train your pet. Better take the necessary precautions in advance, if you don’t want to risk poisoning your dog unintentionally. In case you are not familiar with the nature of some of the plants in your garden, better consult with the veterinarian.

Safe cleaning detergents and pesticides
The products you use for cleaning your garden and fighting the pests in there should also be changed, Bayswater cleaning carpets  suggest. Unlike us, the dogs are constantly in contact with the earth because they are shorter and their fur collects particles from everything they touch. The pesticides and herbicides you are using now are probably very toxic and might have a bad effect on your new buddy. To protect it, better start using more eco friendly detergents and products when cleaning the garden. Just in case, limit the access of your dog to the treated areas anyway.
Don’t forget the dog house
Your garden won’t be entirely dog friendly until you put a nice little house for your favourite pet. This is a place where your buddy will rest after hours of running and playing in the garden and like the other things it has to be specifically designed according to the breed. You can easily buy one, there are hundreds of different models on the market these days or you can make it yourself. If you choose the second one make sure that you use safe and resistant materials which will survive the test of time and the teeth and claws attacks of your pet.

The preparations are done and now all that is left to do is go out and bring home your new furry friend. After you make the necessary beneficial improvements in your home and in your garden you will see that you and your dog will feel much better and most importantly, will get along better. There are still a few rules you have to teach your pet but that will happen naturally. For now just enjoy the companionship of your new best friend.

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